Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining
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Daisy's Holiday Cooking: Delicious Latin Recipes for Effortless Entertaining

by Daisy Martinez
     
 

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Learn to Celebrate with the Queen of Latin Cooking

Celebrating with friends and family is one of the greatest joys, but entertaining can be downright terrifying. With this new recipe collection, Daisy Martinez gives you everything you need to make your life easy and your celebrations unforgettable.

Daisy offers up timeless and mouthwatering recipes like Ruby

Overview

Learn to Celebrate with the Queen of Latin Cooking

Celebrating with friends and family is one of the greatest joys, but entertaining can be downright terrifying. With this new recipe collection, Daisy Martinez gives you everything you need to make your life easy and your celebrations unforgettable.

Daisy offers up timeless and mouthwatering recipes like Ruby Grapefruit Ceviche, Spaghetti with Chipotle-Pork Meatballs, Creamy Chicken-Lime Soup, and Flourless Chocolate-Chile Cake that will prepare you for everything from a cozy festive fall dinner to an elegant New Year’s Eve celebration. Brilliant color, bold flavors, and an innovative mix of traditional and modern cuisines are the hallmarks of Daisy’s cooking. Can’t-fail dishes—like Coconut and Winter Squash Soup—that Daisy learned to cook alongside her mother and grandmother in Puerto Rico mingle with recipes she’s used to entertain her family and friends through the years.

With the preparation schedules and time-saving tips included in each menu, Daisy makes it easy to relax and enjoy creating memories with those you love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harried cooks in need of ideas for holiday gatherings will appreciate Martinez's (Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night) latest Latin-themed collection of multi-course menus for gatherings of all sizes. With recipes grouped by event, a Thanksgiving buffet for 12 includes a Peruvian take on ceviche (skewers of red snapper marinated in lemon, lime and orange) and an achiote-rubbed roasted turkey with a chile-fruit mole; a Christmas Eve dinner for six includes Tamarind Margaritas and the challenging Arroz Con Pato, roasted duck served over a rich base of rice cooked in duck broth. Dishes like Caribbean Spring Rolls with chorizo and shrimp and a Potato, Fig, and Blue Cheese Quiche are keepers for any season or event, while others, like Lobster with Sherried-Shallot Béchamel and the very rich Coquito, a Puerto Rican version of eggnog, are probably best left as once-a-year treats. Preparation schedules provide timelines and detailed instructions for making items well in advance, and helpful photo guides give novices confidence. Entertainers looking for a twist on the classics or simply a new dish to bring to a holiday potluck will find plenty of flavorful ideas here. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"Daisy's authentic recipes are easy to make, easy to eat, and sure to please." --Rachael Ray

"Passion, tradition, flavor, and, most important, love--those are Daisy's main ingredients." --TED ALLEN, host of Chopped on the Food Network

Library Journal - BookSmack!
This book boasts many fabulous features beyond the delicious recipes from Food Network's host of Viva Daisy! The sections are separated into specific types of meals, e.g., "Thanksgiving Weekend Harvest Brunch," "Open House Decorating Party," and "After-the-Gift-Giving Breakfast." Martinez encourages the mixing-and-matching of her various recipes to suit you and your guests' palates. One of the best things about this book is the "Preparation Schedule" included at the end of each section. For those with holiday season time crunches, this is especially useful in determining which menu will meet their needs. Photographs throughout illustrate not only the finished dishes but also some step-by-step preparation techniques.I Would Give This to My aforementioned foodie brother and one of my knitting buddies who likes to have food-themed get-togethers. Katie Dunneback, "Holiday Cooking and Crafting", Booksmack!, 11/4/2010

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439199237
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
163
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Read an Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

For many people, the term “holiday entertaining” induces fear, if not downright terror. Everyone has heard a story or two of the beautifully browned turkey that is still frozen-raw on the inside, vegetables that are cooked until tasteless, or even, heaven forbid, lumpy gravy that tastes like schoolroom paste. Well, in the words of a familiar cartoon character, “Here I come to save the day!”

The recipes in this book are arranged by menus, each with a theme. This is not to say that a recipe (or even a menu) that is given for an autumnal holiday celebration wouldn’t feel right at home on a winter holiday or an end-of-year party table. For example, the Mushroom-Plantain-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mango-Bacon Gravy found in the Cozy Festive Fall Dinner would be perfectly appropriate for New Year’s Eve, and any one of the soups from the Open House Decorating Party could serve as a delicious first course in any other menu. You get the picture, right?

I’ve been able, through the years, to diminish my holiday-entertaining stress by applying a couple of important lessons I learned as a student at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan: Whether you’re cooking for six or for six hundred, the secret to a successful party is organization, organization, organization! With a bit of foresight and a few freezer-safe plastic containers and bags, you can minimize your last-minute kitchen duties, so that you can actively participate in the creation of your friends’ and family’s memories.

First, double up on recipes that freeze well (I let you know which these are right in the recipes) and get a leg up on future meals. Are you making soup for one of the menus? Do yourself a favor and make twice as much as you need, then freeze half and have the beginnings of an impromptu winter dinner with friends or a family meal on a night you’re too pooped to cook. Making Mushroom Picadillo (page 13)? Make a double batch and freeze half. Keep the picadillo on hand for Mushroom Croquettes (page 59), a next-to-no-effort nibble to offer with drinks for friends who drop in to wish you happy holidays. The second lesson I learned is to prep foods as far ahead as I can without sacrificing quality. (Some foods—like soups and stews—benefit from being made in advance.) Wash your salad greens and other components, and store in damp paper towels and plastic bags in the refrigerator. When it comes time for salad, simply dump, dress, toss, and serve! Throughout this book, in recipes and the preparation schedules that accompany each chapter, I point out what can be made ahead of time and how far ahead of party time it can be crossed off your list. Heads up: You’ll notice that some of the make-ahead times in the preparation schedules don’t match the make-ahead times in the recipes exactly. I grouped tasks together in the schedules in a way that makes the most sense to me. Feel free to fiddle with the schedules, as long as you don’t exceed the make-ahead times given in the recipes.

I also like to differentiate holiday entertaining from events during the rest of the year by providing some memento for my guests, whether it’s homemade, like the Mini-Morsel Mexican Wedding Cookies (page 70), or store bought, like a prettily wrapped bottle of good olive oil or vinegar. One year, at my Christmas tree–trimming party, I gave each of my guests an ornament for his or her own Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush; another year, I made coquito (page 151) and gave everyone a pretty corked bottle to take home. Whatever the case, it’s a very nice touch to honor your guests when your party wraps up.

Last, the majority of the recipes within these pages are extremely user friendly, so that your holiday entertaining is something that you can look forward to with anticipation, instead of with trepidation. Remember that the holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year to share with friends and family, and this book will definitely help you navigate them, in whatever way you choose to celebrate, with a minimum of fuss. So prepare to deck the halls and party Daisy-style, with a little bit of Latino flair, some sassy dishes, and a whole lot of festive fun!

© 2010 Daisy Martinez

Meet the Author

Daisy Martinez, the author of Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night, is the star of Viva Daisy!, which debuted on the Food Network in January 2009. She launched her career with the PBS series Daisy Cooks! and a cookbook based on the show. She has appeared on the Today show and The Early Show, and has been featured in The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, and AARP VIVA, among other publications. A dedicated mother of four fantastic children, Daisy and her family reside in Brooklyn, New York.

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